by Jeff Shupe, Division Chief, North Myrtle Beach (SC)
The 2012 edition of the "Bread and Butter" Operations DVD Series expands on and illustrates many of the basic skills critical to successful fireground operations.
In the Initial Attack Lines DVD, Chief Jeff Shupe explains how to properly estimate the length of hose needed on the fireground, stretching that hose into place, and then advancing it into and through the structure. He covers properly estimating the stretch for various common structures and discusses how to effectively pre-plan and measure the stretch for unusual structures you may find in your response area.
Chief Shupe discusses various ways to minimize the stretch and potentially shorten the time needed to get the line into operation, and discusses how to properly advance the line through the structure once it is stretched into place to effectively get water on the fire.